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. >> reporter: well, as we enter day eight of this conflict, dubbed killer of defense by israel, the bombardment is continuing on gaza. israel has shelled gaza from the air and from the sea, saying it hit strategic targets, including at least 50 underground launch sites. now, for their part, hamas has retaliated by firing at least two rockets from gaza, headed to southern israeli cities here. and what the israeli defense forces say are densely-populated areas. those two rockets were intercepted by israel's iron dome defense. rob and paula? >> lama, you just showed us that clip of the secretary of state clinton. how much of an impact is her presence, just her presence likely to make today? >> reporter: well, paula, that was the hope. that when secretary clinton was in the region, she would speed up the negotiation process. she would speed up the talks. but it really is up to the two main players in this, the hamas officials, as well as the israeli officials. including egyptian officials, as well. egyptian president mohamed morsi, has been leading the truce talks. but the hope was that she would s
is said to be the leading candidate to replace leon panetta at secretary of defense. >>> and we're also expected to learn this week whether the supreme court will take up a gay marriage case. at issue in the case is the defense of marriage act which states that marriage is between only one man and one woman. now, five federal courts have already ruled that act unconstitutional. the justices are expected to announce friday on whether they in fact will hear arguments in the case. >>> investigators now now what caused a massive explosion that ripped apart downtown springfield, massachusetts. the blast was triggered by a utility worker who punctured a natural gas line while investigating reports of a leak friday night. 18 people were hurt. most of those gas workers. police officers and firefighters. a sprip club was leveled and dozens of nearby buildings were badly damaged. >>> an inversion is now under way in new york after shredded police documents were found mixed into the confetti of the annual macy's thanksgiving day parade. the papers reportedly kant social security numbers, addresses
. and it seems to be holding. but having said that, the israeli defense forces, the idf, did report at least five rockets were fired by hamas, from gaza, toward israeli cities. but israel did not respond. now, israel and hamas are spinning this differently. you have israel on the one hand saying that they were able to make a difference and cripple hamas' military capabilities by the amount of rockets that they fired and by the targets they hit. but then, you have hamas on the other hand, saying they succeeded in showing their military might by showing israel that they can hit deep into israeli cities and fire a long-range missile. so, there's a bit of difference in the way the outcome has resulted, from this recent conflict. >> and, lama, by any measure here, they're describing this as a very fragile peace. very tenuous. how important are the next few hours? >> reporter: oh, very important. they're really crucial. and that's why all eyes are on both sides and waiting to see what happens next. so far, as i was saying, we're over 13 hours, now, into this cease-fire agreement. and both sides seem to
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